Leoš Janáček

The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre

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Musical preparation: Jakub Klecker
Stage director: Jiří Nekvasil
Sets: Daniel Dvořák
Videoprojection: Otakar Mlčoch
Costumes: Simona Rybáková
Chorus master: Jurij Galatenko
Motion cooperation: Jana Tomsová, Yago Catalinas Heredia
Dramaturgy: Eva Mikulášková

The National Moravian-Silesian Theatre Chorus and Orchestra
The NMST Opera Studio

Janáček’s “waltz” opera was composed in a conscious contrast to the previous opera Jenufa/Her Stepdaughter– using all the effects of impressionism and verism. After the death of his daughter Olga the composer was looking for the theme while enchanted by a 28-year-old “Star from Luhačovice”: the theme “fresh, modern, bursting with life and elegance”. The work evidently contains autobiographical elements (Janáček's love Kamila Urválková - character Mila Válková) but the inspiration by Eugene Onegin is obvious as well. The opera taking place at the colonnade of the Luhačovice Spa in a stifling family atmosphere and several years later in the conservatory's auditorium, where the new opera is practiced, are connected with the question: Do you know what love is?

Performed in Czech with Czech and English subtitles

Approximate running time, including intermission:
1 hour, 50 minutes

Premiere: October 18, 2018, Antonín Dvořák Theatre


January 2020



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